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A fifth of acute pancreatitis cases are not diagnosed promptly, inquiry warns

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i3746 (Published 07 July 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i3746
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

One in five patients admitted to hospital with acute pancreatitis has had one or more previous admissions with the same problem that was not diagnosed or treated, an inquiry has found.1

A total of 215 UK hospitals (not including Scotland) provided copies of anonymised case notes on patients aged 16 or older admitted with a coding of acute pancreatitis from 1 January to 30 June 2014. In all, 14 479 patients were admitted to hospital with acute pancreatitis during this period.

Five cases from each hospital were sampled for analysis by a multidisciplinary group of clinical reviewers, including gastroenterologists and surgeons, against what …

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